China Trade: We are calling it Phase One and the Chinese media are calling it a pause in the trade war. Both of those work for me. We will see if the 2nd phase yields fruit like, a halt to enforced technology transfer in joint ventures, but the present deal has a couple of important things in it. 1. The 40 billion dollar commitment to agricultural purchases in the US will bolster Trump's political support in flyover country and the red parts of blue states. 2. After 1 January, 2020 there will not be a requirement for US companies setting up subsidiaries in China to have a Chinese partner who holds 51% of the stock in the company. I used to work for a company that had parts of the group in a variety of Persian Gulf states. In all these we were required to have 51% local ownership (mostly princes) and it was a royal pain in the ass as these fellows sometimes wanted to interfere in the business. They were no more knowledgeable of the business than was Biden fils in his business adventures. Not to have that problem would be a great blessing.
Trials in the US Senate We should remember that quite a lot of people have been tried in the senate after impeachment in the House of Representatives. Judges, etc. are subject to this process from time to time. Conviction requires 66% of those senators present. Presumably, senators will be dragged or carried in to make this vote if necessary. The Chief Justice of SCOTUS presides at the trial. Four Democratic senators are running for president in primaries for the purpose of opposing Trump in the general election. As an interested citizen, I think that the majority (McConnell) could appeal to SCOTUS for a ruling as to whether or not these four senators are so compromised by their stated desire for the ejection of the president from office that they are disqualified from voting on the issue of his removal from office. We are on new ground in this matter and my opinion is probably as good as anyone's. If Trump were somehow convicted in the senate, he would immediately be removed from office. There is no appeal possible. A second vote would then be possible but not required as to whether or not Trump should be forever barred from holding any federal government office. Conviction on that issue would require a simple majority of those senators present. Is that important? Yes. If he were not barred from office, he could be nominated at the Republican Convention and run for president in 2020.
California Burning In addition to its transformation into a refuge for illegal immigrants and a camp ground for free defecating vagrants camped on its city streets, California is once again burning in its wooded and brushy parts. Perennial drought brings this on in a largely semi-desert part of the US, BUT, pilgrims, there has also been the effect of decades of effective eco-freak opposition to cutting combustibles back from power line right of ways in order to protect Bambi's habitat. So, when Governor Gavin Newsom says that the electric company (PG&E) CAUSED this through greed and negligence, I call that trash talk.
Shephard Smith got fired So what! This guy has been an unrelenting opponent of Trump forever. The Left has a stranglehold on what is laughably called the Main Stream Media; CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Washington Post, NY Times, etc., ad nauseam. In that context the existence of Fox News as a standard bearer for conservative, i.e., Deplorable values does not seem excessive to me. There are a few more liberal/lefties who are tolerated in Fox News/Fox Business News to provide opposing views for contemplation. Chris Wallace, Juan Williams, Arthel Neville are all names that come to mind as the resident "resistance." Do these people go over the line into unproductive argument? Maybe so. pl